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Release Date: Saturday 22 August 2015
GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE 100 GREATEST RECORDINGS OF ALL TIME
50 GREATEST RECORDINGS OF ALL TIME (No 6) - BBC MUSIC
At the premiere of Elgar's Cello Concerto in 1919, John Barbirolli - himself a cellist - was playing in the London Symphony Orchestra. When he recorded the work in 1965 he chose Jacqueline du Pré as soloist and she remains inextricably linked with this elegiac, but passionate work. Barbirolli's special affection for Elgar's music is just as evident in the glorious account of Sea Pictures with Janet Baker and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
"Some say it's the red-hot personality, others that it's the du Pré-Barenboim love story, still others that the tragic emotions evoked in the music foreshadow the tragedy that later befell the performer" BBC Music (No 6 greatest recordings of all time)
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 'In London Town'
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Sea Pictures, Op. 37